US was planning to abstain from UN anti-settlements vote — report

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The Times of Israel: “Sources confirmed to the TV network the US was planning to forgo its veto and allow the vote to take place before Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi pulled out and asked for a delay, reportedly under Israeli diplomatic pressure.

The resolution, which demanded that Israel immediately halt its settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, was scheduled to be brought to a vote on Thursday afternoon.”

Opinion: The longstanding US policy has been that peace would come not through UN resolutions, but only through direct negotiations between the parties.

We speculated earlier today that based on the damage Barack Obama was inflicting on the US economy with respect to business regulations and oil drilling restrictions, he just might take one last shot at his nemesis Benjamin Netanyahu.

And he was going to do it. Barack Hussein Obama was going to throw Israel under the bus, but thanks to divine intervention, pressure from pro-Israel Donald Trump, and the good sense of Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who wants to re-establish relations with the US, the vote was cancelled.

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